The CEPIS Computing in School group strives for the recognition of Computer Science as a vital subject in school curricula. It recommends that Computer Science be included in school curricula like other subjects such as mathematics, physics and chemistry, and thus provide students with the skills needed to participate in today’s increasingly digital society.


Activities

Informatics for All Coalition

CEPIS Computing in Schools group is a founding member of Informatics for All, a coalition that aims at getting academia, industry, government and society together to influence education policy in Europe towards the full recognition and establishment of Informatics as a foundational discipline in schools. The other founding members are ACM Europe Council and Informatics Europe.

Second Informatics for All workshop to be held in Brussels on 17 March

January 2020

Following the successful Informatics for All Workshop that took place in Brussels on 20th February 2019, the Coalition’s Steering Committee has undertaken a number of initiatives, which will be presented at the second Workshop / Symposium in Brussels on 17th March 2020. The focus of the event will be discussions with the European Commission about their new plans regarding the promotion of Informatics education in Europe at school level and exploring ways of potential cooperation.

This event is by invitation only.

CEPIS joins partners in promoting computer science education at conference in Brussels

February 2019

On 20 February, CEPIS joined ACM Europe and Informatics Europe (IE) in Brussels to host a gathering of stakeholders invested in the promotion of computer science across Europe. Representatives from both private and public sectors were present, including from the European Commission, to brainstorm key challenges and gather the ideas into a concrete action plan. The goal is to ensure that computer science is properly recognised within the educational systems as an essential foundational discipline for education in the 21st century.

The event was a joint initiative under the ‘Informatics for All’ coalition, which was formed by ACM Europe and IE. CEPIS joined in 2018, becoming the third member of the Coalition.

Informatics for All Coalition Releases New Strategy

March 2018

The Association for Computing Machinery’s Europe Council (ACM) and Informatics Europe have co-developed a new strategy, titled ‘Informatics for All: The Strategy’.

The strategy offers a comprehensive plan to establish informatics as a fundamental subject for students in Europe at all educational levels. The strategy was presented at a panel discussion with leading informatics educators, computer scientists, and European Commission leaders in Brussels on 15 March 2018. Furthermore, CEPIS’s Computing in Schools Chair, Robert McLaughlin, and CEPIS’s Secretary-General, Austeja Trinkunaite, attended the event and expressed their support for this initiative.

The strategy highlights the need to develop a two-tiered approach for establishing informatics in Europe’s educational systems. The first tier of the plan is to set informatics as a specialisation that is considered as a fundamental and independent subject. The second tier of the approach is to integrate informatics with other school subjects. However, more research is needed to determine the appropriate implementation of a full action plan. Furthermore, the coalition approached CEPIS to join as a partner to provide expertise and to help with the implementation of the strategy throughout Europe.

The full strategy and recommendations can be read on the website of ACM.

Past activities

Mini-conference on Computing in Schools – Past, Present, Future

In 2017, the Slovak Society for Computer Science (SSCS) organised a mini-conference on “Computing in Schools – Past, Present, Future”. The conference focused on issues such as the state of computing in schools in Slovakia and initiatives in Austria, Italy, the Netherlands and Bulgaria to introduce or improve computing in schools.
Download the conference presentations (.zip file).

Mini-conference on Computational Thinking & Coding at Schools

In 2016, CEPIS and the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) co-organised a mini-conference on “Computational Thinking & Coding at Schools”. The conference focused on issues such as a strategy for introducing computational thinking in schools, ways to assess computational thinking skills, the benefits of learning programming for all, computational thinking in primary and secondary schools and informatics curriculum in British schools, amongst others.
Download the conference presentations (.zip file).

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